It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


Hey there!  Welcome to It’s Monday, What Are You Reading!

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. Fair warning… this meme tends to add to your reading list!

Here is what I posted about this past week:

What Came Home With Me From The Spring Library Sale

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

A little update on my friend the bee keeper


I had a good weekend of audio and reading (yes reading!!!!)  Here is what I hope to dig into this week:


For my ears…



Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old line New England firm where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle the intake interview for the daughter of the firm’s most important client. After eighteen years of marriage, Mayflower descendant Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim has just been served divorce papers in a humiliating scene at the popular local restaurant, Golightly’s. She is locked and loaded to fight her eminent and ambitious husband, Dr. Daniel Durkheim, Chief of the Department of Pediatric Oncology, for custody of their ten-year-old daughter Jane—and she also burns to take him down a peg. Sophie warns Mia that she’s never handled a divorce case before, but Mia can’t be put off. As she so disarmingly puts it: It’s her first divorce, too.

Debut novelist Susan Rieger doesn’t leave a word out of place in this hilarious and expertly crafted debut that shines with the power and pleasure of storytelling. Told through personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and legal papers, this playful reinvention of the epistolary form races along with humor and heartache, exploring the complicated family dynamic that results when marriage fails. For Sophie, the whole affair sparks a hard look at her own relationships—not only with her parents, but with colleagues, friends, lovers, and most importantly, herself. Much like Where’d You Go, Bernadette, The Divorce Papers will have you laughing aloud and thanking the literature gods for this incredible, fresh new voice in fiction.






Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip – a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there – which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier. But for some reason, he can’t shake the feeling that something strange is in the air this year. Something waiting in the darkness. Something wicked…

It comes to them in the night. An unexpected intruder, stumbling upon their campsite like a wild animal. He is shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry – a man in unspeakable torment who exposes Tim and the boys to something far more frightening than any ghost story. Within his body is a bioengineered nightmare, a horror that spreads faster than fear. One by one, the boys will do things no person could ever imagine.

And so it begins. An agonizing weekend in the wilderness. A harrowing struggle for survival. No possible escape from the elements, the infected…or one another.


For my eyes…



In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.



I hope it is a good week to put in a little reading time.  I am curious as to what you are reading these days!  Please add your It’s Monday What Are You Reading to the link below where it says “click here”


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31 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. I just started reading The Assassination of Hole-In-The-Day by Anton Treuer. Been wanting to read this one for years.

  2. I’ve seen The Divorce Papers on a few blogs, hope you enjoy it. Yeow!! The Troop sounds awesomely creepy, can’t wait to see what you think. Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂

  3. Your audio picks will sure evoke different moods. I think I’d prefer The Divorce Papers but wonder if that one might not be better read with the eyes because of the style. Enjoy!

  4. I have The Divorce Papers for review and I have heard really good things about A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. That might be a good one for book discussion. I look forward to your reviews!

  5. I’ve bee wanting to read The Divorce Papers, but the other two I am a bit reluctant to tackle. I’ll look forward to your reviews and then decide.

  6. Your books this week look interesting, hope they’re all good ones. I liked your bee post, although to be honest I’d be a little nervous around those buggers even with the protective clothing. I imagine you get over it after a while though. Looks fascinating! Sounds like her business is doing well too, which is awesome. “Business is buzzing”… LOL!

  7. I have The Divorce Papers sitting on my tbr shelf here. At the rate I’m going, you’ll get to it far faster than I will so I’ll be waiting to see what you think.

  8. I am 3/4 of the way through The Goldfinch. Good story, but sooooo looonnng. The Divorce Papers looks good…another addition to my reading list. Have a great week, Sheila!

  9. I am reading Man and Boy by Tony Parsons. Really finding it to be a great read, managed to get about half way through in a couple of hours.

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